Agricultural News

Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Jan. 19-21 in Thermopolis

“Springing Outward and Upward” is the theme of the Jan. 19-21, 2018 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Thermopolis.   The conference is open to young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. 

Tax Reform Package to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers – Dec. 20, 2017

“The tax reform package passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. This tax overhaul includes many changes to the tax code, most notably lower individual tax rates, that will benefit farmers and ranchers. Ninety-four percent of farmers and ranchers pay taxes as individuals, and those rates are coming down. The bill also maintains all of the important deductions and credits that farmers rely on. So, thanks to a lot of hard work by Congress and the administration, farmers will have both lower rates and all the tools they’ve always

Delinquent brand period ends Dec. 31

The Wyoming Livestock Board wants to remind people that the delinquent brand period is about to draw to a close on the 2017 renewal period. Any delinquent brands that were not renewed by December 31, 2017, will be declared abandoned and be available to be applied for by other applicants. As part of the abandoned process all delinquent brands not renewed before December 31, 2017, will be moved to the abandoned brand category January 8, 2018.

Wolves Returned to State Management in Wyoming – April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017–“After a long and torturous trek we are pleased that the legal wrangling for wolf management has concluded,” stated Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President. “We certainly believe Wyoming has stepped up to the plate on this issue and we are glad a three judge panel saw it the same way.”

“Wyoming met its commitment for wolf recovery in 2003 and almost a decade and a half later we can now manage wolves as outlined by the wolf recovery plan,” Hamilton continued.

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WyFB 2017 Legislative Review

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review looks at the bills which were of interest to the members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation based on the policies set forth and passed by the membership.  Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process guides the work of Farm Bureau lobbyists.

WyFB 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review

Ag Groups Call for Estate Tax Repeal, Continuation of Stepped-up Basis – March 30, 2017

As congressional lawmakers turn their attention to taxes, farmers and ranchers are urging them to include estate tax repeal in any tax reform legislation they consider this year.                                                                                                                                          

“The estate tax is especially damaging to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. Unfortunately, all too often at the time of death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or take out loans to pay off tax liabilities and attorney’s fees,” 32 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

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Is your local government prepared – March 26, 2017

By Karen Budd-Falen, Budd-Falen Law Offices

President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke have made promises about moving federal agency decision making back to the local level, putting Americans back to work and ensuring that the public lands are managed for “multiple use.”  While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C., it means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well.

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Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy – March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 — The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

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Congressional Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule Signed by President – March 27, 2017

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The Senate in early March joined the House in approving this resolution.

Known as “Planning 2.0,” the far-reaching rule incorporated numerous Obama-era presidential and secretarial orders, along with internal agency guidance and policy documents. By reducing the opportunity for public comment, minimizing federal requirements to coordinate with state and local governments and imposing new mitigation requirements, Planning 2.0 would have caused significant problems in the federal land use planning processes.

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Agriculture: Food for Life

When you think about agriculture, food is the first thing that comes to mind for most people. Food is definitely important for life, however, farmers and ranchers provide for much more than food alone. Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations. Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives.

And that is just the beginning of how agriculture is food for life. Agriculture protects and provides for open spaces, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and local economies.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 6-11

“This education (agriculture literacy) is so important whether you are in agriculture or not it is important to have an appreciation of where your food comes from,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stated during a meeting with Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation members. “When you look at the big picture agriculture is important and critical for national security. It really is something I hope our country focuses on.”

            Recognizing the importance of Wyoming agriculture and educating school children through reading, the week of March 6th has been designated by Governor Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”

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